Public Health Information Network
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Public Health Information Network (PHIN) is a national initiative to increase the capacity of public health agencies to electronically exchange data and information across organizations and jurisdictions (e.g., clinical care to public health, public health to public health and public health to other federal agencies). To do so, PHIN promotes the use of standards and defines functional and technical requirements for public health information exchange.
The mission of PHIN is to establish and support shared policies, standards, practices, and services that facilitate efficient public health information access, exchange, use, and collaboration among public health agencies and with their clinical and other partners. The vision of PHIN is an integrated healthcare and public health system using information effectively to advance population health and well-being.
Programmatic activities for the PHIN initiative including strategic planning, administration, management, and operations reside in CDC’s Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS).
The Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance supports the PHIN initiative by
- developing and disseminating requirements, standards, specifications, and overall architecture for public health information exchange;
- monitoring the information exchange capabilities of state and local health agencies;
- developing methods to validate, test, and certify electronic messages;
- promoting the use of public health information exchange to improve emergency preparedness outcomes;
- communicating the value of public health information exchange to public health practice;
- working with CDC programs to
- establish governance for policies, standards, practices, and services,
- standardize the approach to system interoperability,
- ensure alignment with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) and other federal initiatives;
- working with federal partners and other external stakeholders to
- ensure that the public health community is represented through a governance model, and
- support the interoperability of the public health segment of the federal health IT architecture.